One person, the receiver, sits in a chair; the giver stands behind her. The giver places her hands on the receiver's shoulders, at the base of her neck, and leans forward, exerting gentle downward pressure without pushing. She leans for a count of five and releases for five, two more times, placing her hands a little farther out toward the arm sockets each time. She does another round of three leans, and then, says Fuenmayor, "the most important thing happens—you switch! Some people say they experience the process as a two-person meditation." When I try the leaning exercise on Fuenmayor, I find it almost as relaxing to give as to receive. "People like the equality of shiatsu," she says. "There's no expert healer, just two people taking turns, helping each other summon their own healing powers."
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